Some travellers like to throw caution to the wind and others like to know before they go. If you fall into the latter category, then a trip to Newcastle’s VRXP is a must!
On a recent visit for some school holiday fun, Kate from VRXP suggested we spend some time exploring Google Earth in Virtual Reality using their amazing Vive headsets and controllers.
To be honest we were a little sceptical. We’ve all experienced Google Earth before, and while it’s fun to look at the street you grew up in or to check out the washing you had on the line the day the satellite images were taken, it’s not something we thought would be “impressive” in VR. Well, we were wrong.
Before long we were standing in Japan with Tokyo Tower looming over us, the next minute we were exploring Champ de Mars and before long we’re checking out downtown New York… And it was AMAZING!
The experience uses a combination of Google Earth’s 3D rendering of their Satellite images and 360-degree photos people have taken an uploaded. You use one controller to fly around the map and you hold the other up to your face to be immersed inside all the photos. And it works really well.
After 30 minutes, which felt like 10, inside Google Earth we couldn’t help thinking that this is the perfect tool to plan your next holiday.
Want to know where the best vantage point is to see a famous monument? What to find a secluded and picturesque beach for some romance? Need to pinpoint that obscure manga cafe amongst the sprawling Tokyo metropolis? Or was that just us? All these questions can be answered, and more, on your next visit to VRXP in Newcastle.
ADDRESS: 20 Watt St Newcastle